Our Favourite Paleo Granola

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I live with someone who used to be addicted to cereal. I mean not just in the morning, but as a snack before bed too. So, when I say it’s our favourite granola, that includes my now paleo granola converted boyfriend. My attempt to wean him off grain and sugar loaded cereals works as long as I have an alternative standing by. That means I had to come up with a recipe that was tasty but also quick and easy so I can make a big batch every week.

Cook’s notes: You can use a variety of nuts and seeds in this recipe and a different type of dried fruit. Some nuts and seeds contain fairly high amounts of Omega-6 fatty acids. Macadamia nuts have the lowest amount but can be quite expensive. Our rule is to have plenty of Omega-3 rich foods to create a healthy ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids in our diet. We granola every third day instead of making it a daily breakfast meal.

I also try to ‘activate’ nuts and seeds by soaking them in water  with a pinch of salt or a teaspoon of vinegar for 7-10 hours. I then rinse and pat dry the nuts with paper towel and spread them in a thin layer on a baking tray or two. I then dehydrate them in the oven, on very low temperature (65-70 °C/150 °F), for 3-4 hours, stirring a couple of times. It’s a weekend project but is totally worth it as you remove a lot of the phytic acid found in most nuts and seeds and activate the enzymes which assist with the digestion of nuts.  A little more on soaking nuts by Sally Fallon here.

Having said all that, most of you probably don’t have the time to do all of that so just enjoy your granola with regular nuts and limit to eating it a couple of times per week. And if cost is not a worry, then you can always buy pre-activated nuts online. 

Serve with coconut/almond milk or coconut yoghurt, coconut cream or natural full-fat yogurt if you consume some dairy and fresh berries or fruit on top. I often take a handful in a ziplock bag as a snack on the go.

Here is another, slightly different recipe I posted a while ago, paleo granola with oven-baked strawberries. 

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Our Favourite Paleo Granola
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 10-12
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups mixed almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia and brazil nuts
  • ⅔ cup dried fruit (plums, dried cherries, cranberries, apricots, figs or dates)
  • ½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • ⅔ cup desiccated coconut, unsweetened
  • ½ cup coconut flakes (if you have them)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2-3 tbsp honey (rice malt syrup, maple syrup or coconut syrup can also be used)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Optional but very nice: zest of 1 orange
  • Dollop of coconut oil or ghee
  • 1-2  tbsp chia seeds
  • You will need a food processor or some other way to break the nuts into smaller crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 165 °C (330 °F).
  2. Add two and a half cups of whole nuts (reserve the rest as whole nuts) and the dried fruit to a food processor. Process the mixture into medium size crumbs, some of it will turn into finer flour/meal like consistency but that's what we want - a variety of shapes and sizes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add the remaining whole nuts and the rest of ingredients, excluding chia seeds. Mix well and use a wooden spoon or a spatula to break down the clumps which will form when coconut oil and honey come into contact with dry ingredients. It's ok if some of them remain unbroken.
  4. Grease a large baking tray with some coconut oil or ghee and line it with baking paper, making sure the sides are covered. Spoon the mix into the tray and flatten with a spatula.
  5. Bake in three stages. First bake for about 12 minutes and then stir the mix as the top would have browned by now. Then bake for 8-10 minutes and stir again. Finally bake for the last 4-5 minutes.
  6. Remove and let it cool completely. The mixture should have turned crispy and dark golden brown.
  7. Finally add chia seeds and transfer to an air-tight container. You can leave it out of the fridge for a few days but it will keep longer, for up to two weeks, if you refrigerate it.

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Comments

  1. Joanne says

    I have made this recipe a few times and love it! I have not added the orange zest previously, but thought this time I would give it a try… and spoiled the whole batch :-( vanilla/cinnamon were yum, orange – not!

  2. Inez says

    This s the BESTEST BESTER BEST granola ever!!!!!
    After eating cereals for breakfast for over 30 years (the only thing my sleepy stomach could deal with), I had to change my diet to wheat-free because of digestive issues. After trying out multiple different products and recipes, this is the yummiest and filling of all!
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and so many other recipes!!

  3. Nina says

    i have this in the oven at the moment. It smells delicious!!
    I’m not sure I’ll get through it all in 2 weeks…do you think it would be ok to freeze?

  4. Louise says

    Hi there, I discovered this today and LOVE it!! Can you tell me if it can be frozen? I am thinking into small zip lock bags to take out and eat if I don’t eat it all within 2 weeks.
    Thanks
    Louise

    • Irena says

      Hi Louise, I have never heard of freezing granola so I really can’t say how it would work. However, you can refrigerate it and it will last for longer. I saw a friend keep a batch in her fridge.

  5. Jill says

    OMG amazing!!!! Smelt like Christmas coming out of the oven – I think in part perhaps the cinnamon I added in combine with currants. Loved the Orange zest too. I know already that I’ll make this again. Thanks so much!

  6. Anna S. says

    Oh my gosh – this was amazing! I took it with me to a breakfast where everyone else was eating sad, boxed cereal and people commented from the first time I opened the container about how amazing it smelled. They all wanted some! I will be making this a LOT I can tell. Thank you so much!

    (I used cashews, slivered almonds and walnuts for the nuts and a mix of pineapple juice-sweetened dried fruits. AMAZING!)

  7. Anita says

    We love this granola as well! We’ve made it four times in total now and during this last time, added the orange zest which has now become a must-do step!! Yum! Just wondering if you knew this calorie content for a serving?

    Thanks so much,

    • Irena says

      Hi Del,

      This granola, as are most granolas, is still quite dense in carbohydrates and also heavy on nuts. Nuts, although full of other beneficial nutrients, are usually quite high in Omega-6 fatty acids which are pro-inflammatory in large amounts so I always consume my nuts in moderation. Carbs and sugar is something that is more individual, if you’re super active then you can have something like this granola daily. I also like to have more variety on weekly basis, so having eggs or something else every other day, ensures that I get a balanced intake of different vitamins and minerals.

      Irena

  8. Char says

    This is seriously the BEST muesli! I’m just making it for the 4th or so time, activated nuts and all, been at it all day. I make it a little different each time and just LOVE it to pieces. It’s the crispy crunch in my day :) Thank you!

  9. Erin says

    After recently trying a market bought granola I was in love. This recipe was pretty much the same as it. I love this recipe and it is now my go to granola recipe. It is easy and so tasty. I mix it with natural yogurt. I am not paleo so I sometimes add oats to make it go further. Yummy!

    • Irena says

      Not really but you can plug in all the ingredients into a nutritional calculator on a few different sites (just Google for it) and you can get an approximate calories.

  10. Tara says

    Hi,

    Were there alterations made to this recipe? I made it a year ago and it didn’t have maple syrup in it but it had some almond meal in it. It also used to be sweeter. Do you still have that recipe? I really liked that one and I’m bummed I didn’t write it down. Thanks.

    • imacri says

      Hi Tara, it might have had honey the first time I made it but as I make it every few weeks, I constantly experiment. You can use either maple, honey or rice malt syrup as long as it’s sweet and sticky. Add an extra tablespoon to make it sweeter. I removed almond meal to simplify the recipe as it wasn’t really adding anything exciting and it was an extra ingredient people would have to buy. But of course you can add 3-4 tbsp to the mix if that rocked for you. I always say, I give you the foundation and you can make it your own. :-)

  11. Catherine says

    Until very recently you had a great little tool on your website that would allow me to enter a food item and it would then tell me if the item fit on the Paleo diet. It was so handy that I bookmarked your website and used it several times a week. I don’t see this anymore. Am I missing it? And thank you for that, by the way. It has been so helpful.

    • imacri says

      Hi Catherine,

      We’re going through a website redesign and phase 1 was to migrate the site to a new content management service. We had to remove the module for now as it wasn’t supported but we will include it back in when we go live with the new website. Soon! Good to know you found it useful.

  12. Jay says

    Do you have the nutritional information on the granola and how much a serve weighs ? I have made it for the second time after activating my own nuts and it is seriously one of the best granolas I have ever tasted , I can’t stop eating it

    • imacri says

      Haha, yes I know that feeling. I don’t the exact nutritional info but I should punch into a nutritional analyzer and see. I usually have about 1/2 cup with yoghurt, coconut yoghurt or coconut milk and 1/2 cup of berries or other fruit. My partner will have a bit more as he is bigger and more active.

  13. Charlotte says

    Has this recipe been edited recently? I have made this a few times now and i am sure it had almond meal in last time.. could be wrong but could someone confirm?

    • imacri says

      Hi Charlotte,

      I can’t remember if there was almond meal in this before but I do amend recipes slightly if I make it better. I know I’ve reduced the amount of coconut oil required and tried to streamline ingredients needed but I make it without almond meal and it’s as good as it’s always been. If almond meal worked for you, feel free to add it but since we grind the nuts anyway, you will find that some of them will turn into a nut meal like crumbs anyway. I hope that helps.

      Irena

  14. Jessica says

    If people don’t have a food processor, they can put the nuts into a freezer/sandwich bag and then bash them with a rolling pin or equivalent! Worked for me :)

  15. MB says

    Oh my! Just made this! I am so so excited about breakfast tomorrow!
    Thank you so much for such an amazing recipe :) keep up the amazing work x

  16. Caz and Daz says

    Thank you for this recipe, without a doubt the best most tasty breakfast recipe ever! This recipe is spreading around like wildfire in Brisbane, Australia here. Thanks for introducing my husband to a healthy alternative, he loves it and is making it himself now! Unheard of! Cheers

  17. Cindy says

    Just tried it and can’t keep away from it!! The kids too are digging in all the time, thanks for such a wonderful recipe

    • cristina says

      Just made this recipe, alongside paleo falafel and paleo bacon and eggs muffins, we are set for the week. It tastes so good, not sure it will last long. Thanks for the recipe, totally loved it!!!

    • imacri says

      I try to soak most of the nuts and seeds I buy as the soaking removes phytic acid, which is an antinutrient that prevents mineral absorption. It’s not always practical as it’s time consuming but if you’re doing a big batch, then you might as well. You can use some of the soaked/dehydared nuts and seeds in the granola and store the rest for snacking and other recipes.

  18. teagan says

    Hi, just wondering why you cant eat the granola every day. What will it do if you did? Is it bad if you don’t soak your nuts?

    • imacri says

      See my answer to your other comment about phytic acid. I would avoid granola every day simply because it’s a little higher in carbs and natural sugars than say eggs and avocado and yeah, too much nuts and seeds is not ideal as a lot of them also contain high amount of Omega-6 fatty acids which is inflammatory. If you counter balance that with lots of Omega-3 fatty acids (oily fish, grass fed meat, leafy greens, free range eggs, chia seeds and supplements) the you can get away with more Omega-6 rich foods. I prefer to have granola a couple of times a week or use it sparingly on top of some berries, fruit and yogurt. Eggs, spinach and smoked salmon are still my favourite for breaky.

  19. AnnieN says

    Just made your granola (with slight variations) and I’m addicted! It’s SOOO much better than anything store-bought! I used 3 tbsp coconut sugar and 2 tbsp maple syrup for the sweet, chopped dates for the fruit and added sunflower seeds just for fun. I will DEFINITELY be making this again, if I can just stop myself from gobbling it down too quickly!

  20. says

    Thank you for share this recipe.
    The taste and the solidity are the same that “ceral granola”.
    My sons and my husbund have appreciated this recipe although they don’t eat paleo.
    Great!
    Bye
    Claudia from Italy

  21. says

    Thank you for share this granola recipe.
    It’s very delicius and its taste and solidity is the same that the “real cereal granola”!!
    My sons and my husband have appreciated this recipe although they don’t eat paleo.
    Great!!
    Bye
    Claudia from Italy

  22. Beth says

    We made this granola yesterday and have just eaten it for breakfast! Absolutely delicious! Next time we’ll use slightly less coconut oil as we found it a tad too oily but both really impressed with it, especially considering it was our first attempt! Really easy to make and has definitely given us a tasty breakfast addition instead of always eating bacon and eggs. We added in pecan nuts and this worked really well. Thank you for sharing this recipie!

  23. Aimie says

    Hi! This recipe is sooooooo good. Thanks for sharing :) Has helped solve my paleo breaky dilemmas!. So happy to have found your website as I am in NZ and your recipes all have components that are easily accessible even here in NZ. Will definitely be trying more!

  24. Linda says

    Hi there,
    I love this granola on yogurt but I only put in half the dried fruit and add 2 big teaspoons of cinnamon. It is soooooo good!
    Thanks heaps for posting!

    • imacri says

      You could try dehydrating it but they granola won’t have that lovely smoky, roasted flavour it gets from higher temperature. I’m not sure how long as I don’t know if there is a specific temperature you’re trying to not go over , say like in a raw diet. If it’s at 75 C, I would say 5-6 hours maybe. Maybe make a small batch and give it a go. I would be interested to find out if turns out crunchy. Irey

  25. Colleen says

    Thank you ….we all love your granola! My only change from the original recipe is that I use less coconut oil as I found half a cup to be a little oily. Love the addition of the zest of an orange! With homemade natural yoghurt , this granola is worth getting out of bed for!!

  26. Katie says

    Okay…I literally HAD to leave a comment. HAD TO. This was something I pinned awhile ago deeming “one day I’ll make this” and never did. Finally, I needed some good pack along recipes for a trip, and I made this and boy have I sure been missing out! I made some substitutions for what I had, but this is THE BEST THING I’VE EVER EATEN. I have missed cereal so much since going paleo, and this allows me to indulge a little! So happy I found this recipe! Thank you! It is SO delicious! Even my non-paleo friends who make fun of me couldn’t stop munching on it! (ps. I added cinnamon and it was delicious!)

  27. Teresa says

    Can anyone please tell me the calorie, carb, fiber, sugar, protein content of this per serving?

    Thank you!

    =]

  28. Claire says

    Hi there
    Just wondering Is the 2 cups of hazelnuts etc 2 cups all together or 2 cups of each nut? Probably a silly question but I just wanted to besure

    • imacri says

      2 cups altogether :) You can have more nuts if you want to make a bigger batch, just increase the other ingredients.

  29. sher says

    very excited to try this — but how much would you say is a serving size? (i know, i know, til i’m full. but i need to start out with serving sizes or else i get tempted to eat and eat and eat… ;-) thanks!

    • imacri says

      Hey Sher,

      It depends on what else you have it with. I usually have it with some unsweetened full fat yogurt and berries, and my typical serving is 2/3 cup of yogurt, 1/2 cup granola, 5 strawberries and I also recommend having a boiled egg for extra protein. My partner has a bit more and I add some sliced banana for him as well. I hope that helps :)

      Irena

  30. Ali says

    Wowzers! I made this tonight. Absolutely delicious!! The orange zestis the icing on this recipe. I only have half a batch left now….there will be none left by the time breakfast comes. Nom nom nom. Thank you

  31. Rebekah says

    Hi,

    I just discovered your site and love it! Is there a print button that will let me just print the recipes?
    Rebekah

    • imacri says

      Hi Rebekah, the print button is just above the post, under the main title on the left of the share tools.

      Enjoy!

      Irena

  32. JESS says

    Yum! Just made it, love it! Great for my 3 year old too, get lots of nuts into her and she really likes it. Thanks

    • imacri says

      Hey Jess, good to hear. I’m making another batch for our household today. Got lots of different nuts soaked and dehydrated during the week and picked up some dried apricot and figs as well. I think this one will be a killer!

  33. Untony says

    Hi Irena, can you use activated nuts for the entire recipe. Is it OK to bake activated nuts, shouldnt they be raw? I buy the 2diefor almonds and pecans, hazels etc. thank you, U.

    • imacri says

      Hi Untony,

      Yep, you can certainly bake activated nuts.You might not have as much live enzymes post baking but you will still benefit from less antinutrients in the nuts, which are removed during the soaking process.You can always mix in a few raw, activated nuts into the baked mixture and get the best of both worlds.

      Irena

  34. Karen says

    Any tips as to how to keep it longer?? Would love to have this on hand for the mornings I don’t have time for anything else – so would need to store for longer. Could I freeze and then pop under grill to thaw and recrispen do you think?

    • imacri says

      Hi Karen, I haven’t tried freezing but we’ve had ours in an air-tight plastic container, on baking paper for over a week easy. You can probably keep it in the fridge for even longer than that. Irena

  35. Jade says

    Breakfast is the o0ne meal i really struggle with. Most mornings I am lucky if I have more than a soup sized mug of coffee, and then by mid afternoon I am picking at crap food. I am definitely going to give this a whirl. Love the idea of having it with some natural yogurt.

  36. says

    Oh yes please! I really miss my morning cereal so this is awesome. I totally emphathise with your husband – giving up something is easier if there is an awesome alternative like this :)

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